Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Here's to a fantastic 2009!!!

2008 Reflections

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before? Held my own book in my hands!!

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? No resolutions.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Not that I remember.

4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes. My father-in-law. I miss you, Jay.

5. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? More time with family.

6. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Nothing comes to mind.

7. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Signing two publishing contracts and seeing my book in print.

8. What was your biggest failure? Not finishing McKnight.

9. What was the best thing you bought? Furniture.

10. Whose behaviour merited celebration? A friend of my daughter's.

11. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? My daughter.

12. Where did most of your money go? Furniture. lol

13. What did you get really, really excited about? Meeting Sam and Jeremy.

14. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? much happier. This time last year, we were at the hospital quite a lot.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner! Woohoo. 15 pounds lighter.
iii. richer or poorer? who knows.

15. What do you wish you'd done more of? Spent time with family.

16. What do you wish you'd done less of? Spent time on pointless issues.

17. Did you fall in love in 2008? No.

18. Did your heart break in 2008? Yes.

19. What was your favourite TV program? Project Runway.

20. What kept you sane? I retained that?!

21. What political issue stirred you the most? I detest politics but probably, people's interaction concerning the US Presidential campaign and election.

22. Who was the best new person you met? Sam and Jeremy

23. Favorite book you read? Thr3e

24. Favorite movie? 27 Dresses

25. What are your plans for 2009? Continue to write, attend at least one wedding, travel more.

What about you??

Monday, December 22, 2008

Barnes and Noble

Cost of Freedom is now available at BarnesandNoble.com While there, scan to the right (customers who bought COF also bought this). Not too shabby. :D

Adorable



Okay, I admit it, I am not a cat person, but look at this little face. Do they come any cuter?!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Yup, that's me.




You Are Cider



Your holiday personality is cozy.

The holidays are your favorite time to stay home, stay warm, and spend time with those you love.



You don't need a lot to make you happy over the holidays.

Seeing an old relative or favorite holiday film is enough to make your day.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Have hatchet, will slash

Yesterday while galley reading Bound by Honor, I was in knots. Huge, gigantic, steam liner ones. Not good. I'm almost out of Maalox. Deep down, I knew what had to be done.

This morning, I emailed my editor. God love her, she is fantastic. I expressed my concerns about a couple of chapters. She agreed that it would be best to 'off' them. I remember writing those chapters. There is some good work in there. But, it has to be done.

She worked her magic to pull BBH from galleys and I set to work on the unthinkable. Two, large chapters are now gone and to be honest, it's for the best. *whimper* Yeah, it's for the best.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Covey Award

Cost of Freedom's trailer has been nominated for a Covey Award. Please vote for #4.

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Fun Christmas Survey

I was tagged by Anita. I tag: all of the M:A ladies.

Insert your own answers and pass it on to whomever you feel would respond – including the person who sent it to you

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper

2. Real tree or Artificial? Usually it’s real but this year, fake.

3. When do you put up the tree? First Sat. in December, but I got an early start this year.

4. When do you take the tree down? – The Sat. after Christmas.

5. What do you do with your tree after you take it down: To the curb! Where it goes from there, I have no idea.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? An Etch-a-sketch.

7. Hardest person to buy for? My husband. He always wants something that is never going to happen.

8. Easiest person to buy for? My daughter. We go shopping, she picks out what she wants. There ya go. Done and everyone is happy.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? I used to.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Cards

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? There's no need to bring this up again.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th St.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Right after Thanksgiving.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Is it wrong when the person really wanted it and I didn't?

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Cookies

16. Lights on the tree? Love, love, love lights.

17. Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? I would love to stay home but on Christmas Eve and ending late on Christmas Day, we start our trek around the state.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Sadly, yes.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? This was a yearly disagreement when my children were home. The girl's liked the angel, the guys liked the star. We did agree to alternate. The trouble came when deciding what topped the tree the previous year.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Yes. LOL

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Christmas carols.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? No real theme. I try to add an ornament every year. Something representative of the preceding year.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? A repeat of Thanksgiving dinner.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? a d-i-l. Oh, I thought that said, what do you expect this Christmas. ;)


Merry Christmas To Everyone

Holiday checklist

The Christmas tree went up yesterday, I took my daughter shopping on black Friday (it's much easier this way), and I'm putting together a package for my son and his fiancee. Hmm, what's next on the list? Christmas cards? Cookies? The holidays sure take on a whole different feel when there aren't any children in the house. *le sigh* I miss it.

Good to know




You Are 81% Likely to Survive Another Great Depression



You have been saving for a rainy day... or a rainy few years.

While most people may not have as grim of an outlook as you, they're also not as prepared as you.



If society collapses, you'll have plenty of food and resources for you and your loved ones.

And plenty of ammo for anyone who wants to steal from your stockpile!